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Study metabolic health at the University of Sydney

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This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study face-to-face or remotely in 2022. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

This course is only available to students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health) who meet the requirements for admission (see information about admission criteria below).

There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and clinicians need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Our program is developed and delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health. It provides students with knowledge and skills to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups, such as pregnant women.

Who should study this course?

This course is suited to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals with an interest in the field. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to study with your peers and network with clinical and academic leaders.

How will you learn?

The course is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components held in the University's new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub. We adopt a case based format and provide online tutorials to facilitate discussion and analysis.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders or to offshore international students. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Course options

The metabolic health program is available through two pathways - the Master of Medicine (for medical graduates), and the Master of Science in Medicine (for non-medical graduates). The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes. Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. 

Learn more about short courses and professional development.

What you'll study

The Master (Advanced) requires the completion of 60 credit points of units of study including:

  • 48 credit points of coursework units required for the Masters; and
  • 12 credit points of project units of study.

Students complete a research project in an area of specific interest relevant to their masters degree. Students will be guided through the steps required to plan and execute a substantial research project, and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

If you are interested in this option it is recommended that you complete PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics as one of your elective units.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (Metabolic Health) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health)
  • an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream units of study
  • any other requirements as stated by the faculty at the time of application.
  • Current registration as a nurse (Registered Nurse (Division 1)) or allied health professional in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction with a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

Program Director

Professor Stephen Twigg

Professor Stephen Twigg
Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes; Kellion Professor of Endocrinology; Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Professor Stephen Twigg’s research focuses on translational studies in blood glucose management and on the prevention, timely detection, stabilisation and reversal of diabetes and its complications. His research interests include exercise in diabetes and prediabetes, and organ complications of diabetes.

Professor Twigg, along with unit of study coordinators Dr Victoria Rudland, Professor Tim Gill and Dr Kelly Stanton, developed a series of evidence-based units of study covering the management of common metabolic health problems in an interactive format.

Student experience

Dr Lena Attebo, Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health)

Dr Lena Attebo
Executive Health Solutions

“The course introduced me to health professionals with similar interests to myself, and together we widened our knowledge by sharing our experiences. Interaction with my peers from all allied health fields was both enjoyable and educational, and let me gain an insight to different approaches to clinical scenarios.

“The program is unique, with evidence-based focus on the important practical aspects of caring for people affected by metabolic diseases. I have come out of the program with a better understanding of how to approach, manage and motivate my patients that are affected by obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndromes."

Future study options

Outstanding graduates who complete the research capstone may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

A higher degree by research provides you with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodologies.

Career Pathways

This course provides advanced postgraduate training for clinicians wishing to understand and manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups.

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